PSA Insider - December 17, 2008 | Vol. 9 Number 25 

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Mastro Auctions Internet Auction Closes December 17 & 18
These are the Final Days of bidding for Mastro Auctions' Sports & Americana Premier Catalog Auction. To bid in this spectacular 1,500 lot Internet auction, call Mastro Auctions at 630-472-1200 or click here: click here.

Just Collect Auctions Over 450 High Grade PSA Cards, Black & Brown Bats, and Press Pins - Closing Sunday Dec. 21
Over 450 high grade, low pop PSA cards and memorabilia this week, including (20) 1913 Tom Barker Game PSA 9 and PSA 8, (7) 1971 Topps Tattoos PSA 10 and PSA 9, (24) 1910 C60 Hockey PSA 5 and PSA 4, (16) Signed Baseballs and more! More...


1952 Topps: Much More than Meets the Eye
The 1952 Topps baseball is one of, if not the most popular trading sets in the entire hobby. Anchored by one of the most classic cards in the hobby in Mickey Mantle with Andy Pafko and Eddie Mathews acting as "bookends" to the set, this eye-appealing masterpiece is a must for any serious baseball card collector. In addition to all the star power, this set features variations and errors throughout -- with some being extremely scarce. In the following piece, we find out why this hobby staple has remained on the minds of so many collectors. More...

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1954-55 Topps Hockey: A Great First Impression
The 1954 Topps hockey set is not only one of the most visually attractive sets in the world of hockey; it is also considered one of the most beautiful sets in the entire hobby. Boasting bold blue and red colors throughout, this set is as tough as it is appealing. The colored bottom border and edges are extremely susceptible to wear, making high-grade copies hard to come by for the advanced collector. The images are spectacular as well, you can even see the ice floating in mid-air as Gordie Howe skates into view. In the following piece, find out what makes this hockey classic so popular. More...


Lenpigg's Classics! - The Number One Current Finest 2002-2006 eTopps Classics Baseball Mega Set
The sets that comprise this mega set were distributed to honor the former greats of baseball and originally, could only be ordered online for a limited 1 week period. This collector's award-winning set has reached a near perfect set rating of 10.89, just cards away from Finest Possible of 11.02. As an added bonus, this collector has added images for each card. Very nice! Click here to view.

Hurry - Set Registry Special Ends 12/31!
$14 per card/5 business days (approx.) - cards valued under $500, Sports and Non-Sports Cards. No Minimum. Click here for details.

The new PSA/DNA Set Registry V2 has launched!
We are very pleased to announce that the new, highly anticipated interactive PSA/DNA Set Registry is finally here! We've launched with a number of new set compositions. As always we thank all of our members for their feedback and patience during this endeavor. Click here to visit the new site.

Here are some of the new features:
  • Add inventory one item at a time or in batches
  • Inventory tracking with price paid and source
  • Easy image loading with no size restrictions
  • Add multiple sets directly from your inventory
  • Collectors Showcase divided into categories and collections easier to locate
  • Ability to post comments on other members' sets
  • PSA/DNA submissions can be viewed within "My Set Registry" and you will be able to add new items to your inventory, directly from the order screen
New PSA Pack Registry Now Online!
If you collect Wax Packs, you now have the option to build the following sets:
  • 1952-1959 Topps 5 Cent Wax Packs - Any Series
  • 1960-1969 Topps 5 Cent Wax Packs - Any Series
  • 1970-1979 Topps Wax Packs - Any Series
Visit the Set Registry News page and learn which set composites have been recently added to the Registry and other Set Registry news.

Fun, informative, and sometimes controversial, the PSA Set Registry Messageboard is the place to get involved with other collectors who are currently participating in the Set Registry program or are just beginning. Click here to chat on the Set Registry Messageboard.

The PSA Set Registry is a work in progress and we invite your comments and ideas. Send your suggestions to [email protected].


Question: What is the difference between manufactured scarcity and pure scarcity?

Answer: Manufactured scarcity is something that is created by a seller or company. For example, if I have Derek Jeter sign some baseballs -- hand numbered and limited to 500 -- that would be considered manufactured scarcity since the only reason they are considered "limited" is due to the fact that the baseballs are numbered. Other than that, they are merely Derek Jeter signed baseballs. Pure scarcity has more to do with survival than creation. For example, there may only be 2 known game-used Derek Jeter rookie jerseys. They were not intended to be a limited edition collectible; that is simply the number that exists. Additional authentic Jeter rookie jerseys cannot be created. Both types of items have their own appeal; however, some collectibles that are "manufactured" to be scarce may have questionable long term value.


Which second-year baseball card do you feel is the most undervalued?

  1. 1952 Bowman Mickey Mantle
  2. 1955 Topps Hank Aaron
  3. 1956 Topps Sandy Koufax
  4. 1956 Topps Roberto Clemente
Click here to answer. Results will be posted in the next Insider.

Results from last survey: 37% selected Jim Rice as the MLB player who (along with Rickey Henderson) most deserves to be inducted into the HOF in 2009. Click here for a complete breakdown.

Have your sports autographs authenticated by PSA/DNA. Submission forms are available online at the PSADNA web site. Just click here. Find out what your cards are really worth. Subscribe to the Sports Market Report and have it delivered to your door every month. Click here. Join the PSA Collectors Club today! Just click here to learn about the many benefits of membership.

For more information on how to list your inventory, contact Mike Brandow at [email protected].
PSA Set Registry now links to Collectors Corner. Click here.

Sports Cards and Tickets for Sale:
34,913 items, valued at $3,819,504

Most Recent Listings:
1965 Philadelphia 31 Jim Brown PSA NM-MT 8 $175.00
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1909-1911 T206 Polar Bear Bill O'Hara St. Louis PSA VG3 $7000.00
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